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The Archimedes Codex

The Archimedes Codex Author Reviel Netz
ISBN-10 9780786745388
Release 2009-03-12
Pages 352
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Part archaeological detective story, part science, and part history, The Archimedes Codex tells the astonishing story of a lost manuscript, from its tenth-century creation in ancient Constantinople to the auction block at Christie’s in New York, and how a team of scholars used the latest imaging technology to reveal and decipher the original text. What they found was the earliest surviving manuscript by Archimedes (287 BC–212 BC), the greatest mathematician of antiquity—a manuscript that established, for the first time, the extent of his mathematical genius, which was two thousand years ahead of modern science.

Science Writing in Greco Roman Antiquity

Science Writing in Greco Roman Antiquity Author Liba Taub
ISBN-10 9781108132602
Release 2017-04-03
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We access Greek and Roman scientific ideas mainly through those texts which happen to survive. By concentrating only on the ideas conveyed, we may limit our understanding of the meaning of those ideas in their historical context. Through considering the diverse ways in which scientific ideas were communicated, in different types of texts, we can uncover otherwise hidden meanings and more fully comprehend the historical contexts in which those ideas were produced and shared, the aims of the authors and the expectations of ancient readers. Liba Taub explores the rich variety of formats used to discuss scientific, mathematical and technical subjects, from c.700 BCE to the sixth century CE. Each chapter concentrates on a particular genre - poetry, letter, encyclopaedia, commentary and biography - offering an introduction to Greek and Roman scientific ideas, while using a selection of ancient writings to focus on the ways in which we encounter them.

Is God a Mathematician

Is God a Mathematician Author Mario Livio
ISBN-10 1416594434
Release 2011-02-22
Pages 320
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Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience,” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.

The Archimedes Codex

The Archimedes Codex Author Reviel Netz
ISBN-10 9781780221984
Release 2011-10-13
Pages 320
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The story of the amazing discovery of Archimedes' lost works Drawings and writings by Archimedes, previously thought to have been destroyed, have been uncovered beneath the pages of a 13th-century monk's prayer book. These hidden texts, slowly being retrieved and deciphered by scientists, show that Archimedes' thinking (2,200 years ago) was even ahead of Isaac Newton in the 17th century. Archimedes discovered the value of Pi, he developed the theory of specific gravity and made steps towards the development of calculus. Everything we know about him comes from three manuscripts, two of which have disappeared. The third, currently in the Walters Art Museum, is a palimpsest - the text has been scraped off, the book taken apart and its parchment re-used, in this case as a prayer book. William Noel, the project director, and Reviel Netz, a historian of ancient mathematics, tell the enthralling story of the survival of that prayer book from 1229 to the present, and examine the process of recovering the invaluable text underneath as well as investigating into why that text is so important.

The Offshore Imperative

The Offshore Imperative Author Tyler Priest
ISBN-10 9781603441568
Release 2009-10-12
Pages 336
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“. . . tells a dramatic story of imaginative businessmen and engineers who propelled Shell forward in the search for ways to locate and recover oil from the depths of the sea.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The Archimedes Palimpsest

The Archimedes Palimpsest Author Reviel Netz
ISBN-10 1107014379
Release 2011-11-24
Pages 352
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The Archimedes Palimpsest is the name given to a Byzantine prayer-book which was written over a number of earlier manuscripts. This volume provides colour images and transcriptions of three of the texts recovered from it. Pride of place goes to the treatises of Archimedes, including the only Greek version of Floating Bodies, and the unique copies of Method and Stomachion. This transcription provides many different readings from those made by Heiberg from what he termed Codex C in his edition of the works of Archimedes of 1910-1915. Secondly, fragments of two previously unattested speeches by the Athenian orator Hyperides, which are the only Hyperides texts ever to have been found in a codex. Thirdly, a fragment from an otherwise unknown commentary on Aristotle's Categories. In each case advanced image-processing techniques have been used to create the images, in order to make the text underneath legible.

The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics

The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics Author Reviel Netz
ISBN-10 0521541204
Release 2003-09-18
Pages 352
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An examination of the emergence of the phenomenon of deductive argument in classical Greek mathematics.

Schlumberger Oilfield Review

Schlumberger Oilfield Review Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105122844918
Release 2008
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Schlumberger Oilfield Review has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Schlumberger Oilfield Review also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Schlumberger Oilfield Review book for free.

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105132647871
Release 2007
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Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith book for free.

The Science of Leonardo

The Science of Leonardo Author Fritjof Capra
ISBN-10 9780385524117
Release 2007-10-30
Pages 272
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Leonardo da Vinci's scientific explorations were virtually unknown during his lifetime, despite their extraordinarily wide range. He studied the flight patterns of birds to create some of the first human flying machines; designed military weapons and defenses; studied optics, hydraulics, and the workings of the human circulatory system; and created designs for rebuilding Milan, employing principles still used by city planners today. Perhaps most importantly, Leonardo pioneered an empirical, systematic approach to the observation of nature-what is known today as the scientific method.Drawing on over 6,000 pages of Leonardo's surviving notebooks, acclaimed scientist and bestselling author Fritjof Capra reveals Leonardo's artistic approach to scientific knowledge and his organic and ecological worldview. In this fascinating portrait of a thinker centuries ahead of his time, Leonardo singularly emerges as the unacknowledged “father of modern science.” From the Trade Paperback edition.

Great Feuds in Mathematics

Great Feuds in Mathematics Author Hal Hellman
ISBN-10 1118040112
Release 2010-12-17
Pages 256
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Praise for Hal Hellman Great Feuds in Mathematics "Those who think that mathematicians are cold, mechanical proving machines will do well to read Hellman's book on conflicts in mathematics. The main characters are as excitable and touchy as the next man. But Hellman's stories also show how scientific fights bring out sharper formulations and better arguments." -Professor Dirk van Dalen, Philosophy Department, Utrecht University Great Feuds in Technology "There's nothing like a good feud to grab your attention. And when it comes to describing the battle, Hal Hellman is a master." -New Scientist Great Feuds in Science "Unusual insight into the development of science . . . I was excited by this book and enthusiastically recommend it to general as well as scientific audiences." -American Scientist "Hellman has assembled a series of entertaining tales . . . many fine examples of heady invective without parallel in our time." -Nature Great Feuds in Medicine "This engaging book documents [the] reactions in ten of the most heated controversies and rivalries in medical history. . . . The disputes detailed are . . . fascinating. . . . It is delicious stuff here." -The New York Times "Stimulating." -Journal of the American Medical Association

Science News

Science News Author
ISBN-10 UVA:X030046065
Release 2007
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Science News has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Science News also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Science News book for free.

Ludic Proof

Ludic Proof Author Reviel Netz
ISBN-10 9780521898942
Release 2009-05-14
Pages 255
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Describes the relationship between science and poetry in the Hellenistic period, transforming our understanding of the origins of Western mathematics.

Giambattista Bodoni

Giambattista Bodoni Author Valerie Lester
ISBN-10 9781567925579
Release 2015-10-15
Pages 280
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This is the first English-language biography of the relentlessly ambitious and incomparably talented printer Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813). Born to a printing family in the small foothill town of Saluzzo, he left his comfortable life to travel to Rome in 1758 where he served as an apprentice of Cardinal Spinelli at the Propaganda Fide press. There, under the sponsorship of Ruggieri, he learned all aspects of the printing craft. Even then, his real talent lay in type design and punchcutting, especially of the exotic foreign alphabets needed by the papal office to spread the faith. His life changed when at age 28 he was invited by the Duke of Parma to abandon Rome for that very French city to establish and direct the ducal press. He remained in Parma, overseeing a vast variety of printing, some of it pedestrian, but much of it glorious. And all of it making use of the typefaces he personally designed and engraved. This fine book goes beyond Bodoni's capacity as a printer; it examines the life and times in which he lived, the turbulent and always fragile political climate, the fascinating cast of characters that enlivened the ducal court, the impressive list of visitors making the pilgrimage to Parma, and the unique position Parma occupied, politically Italian but very much French in terms of taste and culture. Even the food gets its due. The illustrations—of the city, of the press, of the types and matrices—are captivating, but most striking are the pages from the books he designed, especially pages from his typographic masterpiece, the Manuale Tipografico, which displayed the myriad typefaces in multiple sizes that Bodoni had designed and engraved over a long and prolific career. Intriguing, scholarly, visually arresting, and designed and printed to Bodoni's standards, this title belongs on the shelf of any self-respecting bibliophile. It not only makes for compelling reading, it will be considered the biography of record of a great printer for years to come.

The Works of Archimedes Volume 1 The Two Books On the Sphere and the Cylinder

The Works of Archimedes  Volume 1  The Two Books On the Sphere and the Cylinder Author Archimedes
ISBN-10 0521661609
Release 2004-04-08
Pages 386
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Volume I of the first authoritative translation of Archimedes' works into English.

David Livingstone

David Livingstone Author Sarah Worden (Museum curator)
ISBN-10 UCBK:C097704343
Release 2012
Pages 170
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Exhibition book of essays and objects celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great African explorer and missionary doctor, the Victorian hero David Livingstone.

Mathematics Magic and Mystery

Mathematics  Magic and Mystery Author Martin Gardner
ISBN-10 9780486801179
Release 2014-12-02
Pages 208
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Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage "mind reading," coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. More than 400 tricks. 135 illustrations.